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Florida tax rate changes, fall 2017


 Several changes to local tourist development taxes on transient rentals took effect in Florida this fall.

Several changes to local tourist development taxes on transient rentals took effect in Florida this fall.

Local tourist development taxes apply to charges for leasing, letting, or renting any accommodations or living quarters in the locality for a period of six months or less.

Taxable accommodations include but aren’t limited to cottages, garage apartments, hotels and motels, multiple-unit structures, single-family dwellings, and tourist or mobile home courts. However, transient rentals that are exempt from sales tax for any reason are also exempt from the tourist development tax.

October rate changes

The tourist development tax rate on transient rental transactions in Dixie County increased from 2 to 3%. The new combined rate is 10% as of Oct. 1, 2017.

The tourist development tax rate on transient rental transactions in Pasco County rose from 2 to 4%, for a combined rate of 11% as of Oct. 1, 2017.

November rate changes

The tourist development tax rate on transient rental transactions in Jefferson County jumped from 2 to 3% on Nov. 1, 2017. The new combined tax rate is 10%.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.